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Spurs: 3 Teams that could persuade Lonnie Walker to leave San Antonio

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1. Toronto Raptors could desperately use Lonnie Walker's scoring

If Walker is serious about taking his career to the next level, there aren't many situations that would be better for him than up in Toronto. Nick Nurse and his coaching staff have helped polish the edges off several young players and turn them into viable starters. Walker could be next up.

The Raptors are in a weird place right now. They were a tough out this season and have the reigning Rookie of the Year, but their bench was atrocious and now there are rumors that several of their younger players are unhappy in their roles. It could be time to change things around up north.

Toronto had the worst bench in the league this year. Their second unit scored just under 26 points per game this season, so there's a clear and present need for Walker's scoring contributions. And after suffering through a season where their top second unit was led by players such as Juwan Morgan and Chris Boucher. I'd bet that the Raptors would be willing to overlook some of Lonnie's down games if they believe in his long-term potential.

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The Raptors are never going to be a tanking organization, but it's clear that they need to look to their youth and build around Scottie Barnes. Adding another close-in-age player like Walker to fill a secondary role as a part of that makes sense for all parties involved.

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